Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Alleged Al-Qaeda Terrorist Ahmed Ghailani Acquitted of All But One of The 280+ Charges in Embassy Bombing Trial

So; does this count as a success or failure for the first civilian trial of Guantanamo prisoner? I am going to go with failure. It may make Ghailani the last Guantanamo prisoner to have a civilian trial.

"The first civilian trial of a Guantanamo prisoner ended Wednesday with the stunning acquittal of an accused Al Qaeda operative on all but a single count.

A federal jury convicted Ahmed Ghailani, 36, of conspiring to destroy U.S. buildings and property in the 1998 bombings of U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans.

But - after 41/2 days of deliberation - the panel cleared Ghailani of more than 280 other counts, including the top charges of murder and murder conspiracy.

Even though he faces a mandatory 20-year-to-life sentence for the conspiracy conviction, Ghailani appeared relieved, hugging his lawyers after the verdict was read in Manhattan Federal Court.

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